Arty's Ani-magination

Arty's Ani-magination

A young girl wishes that people were more like animals (because they’re nicer and kinder obviously) and wakes to find herself transformed into a rat! But it’s not just her! All of … 

Eric Andre: The Stand Up Tour

Eric Andre: The Stand Up Tour

Comedian, actor and host of Adult Swim’s top-rated and most anarchic programme The Eric Andre Show comes to the (true) final night of Fringe to tear sh*t the f*ck up. Catch Eric before he voices a hyena in Disney’s 2019 remake of The Lion King and ahead of the release of his own new hidden camera movie Bad Trip… 

Ben Hart: The Nutshell

Ben Hart: The Nutshell

West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart makes a triumphant return to Edinburgh (due to phenomenal demand) with a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations… 

Edinburgh TV Festival Presents: Donovan in Conversation with Jez Butterworth

Edinburgh TV Festival Presents: Donovan in Conversation with Jez Butterworth

Legendary singer-songwriter Donovan talks to award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) and performs an acoustic set in this very special event showcasing the documentary film Donovan and The Beatles in India… 

Football, Feminism and Everything in Between: Live with Alastair and Grace Campbell

Football, Feminism and Everything in Between: Live with Alastair and Grace Campbell

Football and feminism are both huge parts of our culture and everyday lives, but rarely have they been brought together and forced to get along. 

There Will Be Cake

There Will Be Cake

An all-star improv show from award-winning improvisers Marcus Brigstocke (Live at the Apollo, BBC Two), Rachel Parris (The Mash Report, BBC Two), Pippa Evans (Tonight At The Palladium, ITV) and Paul Foxcroft (Cariad & Paul)… 

Before the Wall

Before the Wall

Playwright Chris Ruffle delivers a blow-by-blow account of the 1860 Opium Wars politics in this atmospheric drama, populated by rarefied creatures of the Chinese and British royal courts and their military henchmen… 

Lost Voice Guy: I'm Only in It for the Parking

Lost Voice Guy: I'm Only in It for the Parking

Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s comedy series Ability, Lee Ridley (AKA Lost Voice Guy) is back at the Edinburgh Fringe… 

The National Trust Fan Club

The National Trust Fan Club

The National Trust Fan Club is what happens if you imagine a Dave Gorman show delivered by your bouncy Auntie Joyce and her preoccupation with how to pronounce ‘scone’ (to rhym… 

Ronni Ancona and Lewis MacLeod: Just Checking In

Ronni Ancona and Lewis MacLeod: Just Checking In

Celebrity impression shows have a Marmite-esque quality: whether they are a hit or a failure depends largely on their consumer and there is rarely an 'in between'. 

Colonel Mustard and Friends

Colonel Mustard and Friends

Music festival favourite Colonel John Thomas McMustard brings you a show with guests from the world of music, comedy and spoken word. Expect laughter, fun, audience participation and ear worms galore and always expect the unexpected in the Dijonverse… 

Esther Rantzen: Everything I've Ever Done Wrong (According to My Daughter)

Esther Rantzen: Everything I've Ever Done Wrong (According to My Daughter)

Broadcasting legend Dame Esther Rantzen and her daughter, journalist Rebecca Wilcox, discuss careers and family ties. Get up close as she shares anecdotes from over 50 years in broadcasting… 

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

Fred MacAulay, one of Scotland’s best-loved stand-ups, is back with his live lunchtime chat show. Joining Fred each day will be stars from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics – the colourful characters he has encountered along the way in his illustrious 30-year career… 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before. Designed for children and adults alike. Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and howling jelly babies! Sell-out shows in 2016-2018 and awarded one of the Top 20 Shows to See by The List… 

Comedy Night at the Museum

Comedy Night at the Museum

Join the greatest comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arteFACT and arteFICTION in a wholly improvised set prompted by genuine artefacts housed in the National Museum of Scotland! This unrehearsed and unrestrained show-and-tell might not be historically – or even culturally – accurate but it’s guaranteed to be utterly entertaining… 

Romantic Romeo

Romantic Romeo

The Capulets and the Montagues hate each other but Romeo has something else on his mind. He’s in love with Rosaline and then with Juliet! The romantic couple are now set on the path to their tragic deaths… 

Iain Dale: All Talk

Iain Dale: All Talk

Award-winning LBC radio presenter, CNN political commentator and For the Many podcast host brings his acclaimed, incisive insight on current affairs to the Fringe for the first time… 

Sinatra: Raw

Sinatra: Raw

Richard Shelton’s masterful show revealing the man behind the music returns following a sold out West End season. Palm Springs, California, 1971. Frank Sinatra faces retirement, the air is electric and the crowd jockey for position… 

Vir Das: Loved

Vir Das: Loved

India’s top comic and global sensation Vir Das returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for a limited run only with his brand-new internationally touring show Loved. Watch a comedian question the boundaries of boldness in his love for his partner, friends, parents, technology, country, god and fellow man… 

Jan Ravens: Who Do I Think I Am?

Jan Ravens: Who Do I Think I Am?

How did Janet from Hoylake end up taking down the people running the country? Impressions of public follies and private anxieties from the Dead Ringers star. Total sell-out 2017/18… 

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

What does it take to become undeniably good at what you do? Fresh from a sell-out UK tour; Liverpool Comedian of the Year winner and English Comedian of the Year nominee Adam Rowe, presents his hilarious new stand-up show about his working-class roots and the determination, arrogance, selfishness and sacrifices it takes to become undeniable... 

The Beatbox Collective: What's Your Sound?

The Beatbox Collective: What's Your Sound?

Spend an evening in the company of the world team beatbox champions, The Beatbox Collective. Individually they have won almost every beatbox competition on the planet. Together, this vocal supergroup creates a wall of sound that simply has to be seen to be believed... 

Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said

Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said

Britain's Got Talent and Amanda Holden's Golden Buzzer act, the Malawian-born comedian stars in his debut stand-up tour after capturing the nation's hearts on television and garnering over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million on Youtube... 

Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism

Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism

Last year's sell-out show returns with a full refurb for 2018. Star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo, Question Time and his own BBC Radio 4 special. 'Funny regardless of your political leanings' **** (Fest). 

Singing Hands Summer Spectacular

Singing Hands Summer Spectacular

An interactive, multisensory, Makaton-signed experience featuring many of the much-loved songs from the Singing Hands DVDs and CDs. Join in as Suzanne and Tracy jump like kangaroos in Australia, wade through the jungle in Africa looking for wild animals or as they go on a day trip to the zoo and the farm! Suzanne and Tracy will include some up-tempo pop songs themed around the concepts of friendship and happiness – so come and sing, sign, dance and experience their unique show! Designed to be fully-inclusive, this event can be enjoyed by children of all ages. 

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

An artist's manifesto of delight and curiosity from bohemians to black holes, Dali to DNA. A frenetic hour of art, science and stupid voices. Robin Ince, winner of Rose d'Or, Sony Gold and, most importantly, Pointless Celebrities... 

Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn

Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn

BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4's brand-new comedy series, Ability, has unwittingly become an unintentional porn star because of the inspirational memes that are everywhere these days... 

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Historical Objects

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Historical Objects

Our plucky pension grabbers take you on a hilarious journey to comedy's distant past. Barry curates his earliest parrot jokes from the Jurassic period while Ronnie discusses the origin of igneous rock (and metamorphic roll)... 

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Room 101 (BBC One) and regularly heard on BBC Radio 4's News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. This hugely popular comic returns to the Fringe with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction not to mention 'proper laugh-out-loud one-liners' (Herald)... 

Gamarjobat

Gamarjobat

Gamarjobat shows that comedy is truly without language barriers. Using nothing but gibberish exclamations, whistles, a case full of props and their own bodies, Ketch! and HIRO-PON unleash chaos for an hour before a delighted, baffled and enthusiastic audience... 

Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord

Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is returning to Edinburgh before heading out on his first world tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world of hate and moral confrontation... 

Wrecked

Wrecked

There are a lot of innovative and unique venues at this year’s Festival, but Wrecked might be just one of the most original and weirdest, as this entire performance takes place in a battered up car... 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson is quite clear about what his (modestly) titled Spectacular Show isn't: "It's not a science lecture," he insists. "It's all about having a bit of fun with science... 

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Join the greatest comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arte-fact and arte-fiction in a wholly improvised set, prompted by genuine artefacts housed in the National Museum of Scotland! This unrehearsed and unrestrained show-and-tell might not be historically, or even culturally, accurate but it's guaranteed to be utterly entertaining... 

The Big Balloon Singalong

The Big Balloon Singalong

Caring for kids with a curious craze for karaoke? Then look no further than The Big Balloon Singalong! Fun for all the family and featuring all the greatest hits (...that are in the public domain)! Every morning at the National Museum of Scotland, come along, singalong and let all your voices soar... 

South Bend

South Bend

Multi award-winning Grid Iron, in association with Platform, bring you a hilarious road movie for the stage. In 2006 Martin McCormick flies across the Atlantic to be reunited with a woman he has fallen passionately in love with, a Californian girl... 

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

Fred MacAulay, one of Scotland's best-loved stand-ups, is back with his live lunchtime chat show. Joining Fred each day will be stars from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics – the colourful characters he has encountered along the way in his illustrious 30-year career... 

Aaron Calvert: Declassified

Aaron Calvert: Declassified

What if all the stories you heard were true? Urban legends contained within declassified files are recreated live on stage by master hypnotist Aaron Calvert. Sell-out shows 2016 and 17... 

Jack Docherty: Miekelson and McGlashan – Serious Men

Jack Docherty: Miekelson and McGlashan – Serious Men

Fresh from filming the fifth series of hit BBC One show Scot Squad, Edinburgh's Jack Docherty returns to the Fringe for the first time in 25 years. This hilarious show unites two of his best-loved comedy creations: Scot Squad's Chief Commissioner Cameron Miekelson and the fiercely patriotic McGlashan from the critically acclaimed, award-winning Channel 4 shows Absolutely and Scotland In A Day... 

Irina Titova: Queen of Sand

Irina Titova: Queen of Sand

Making her UK debut, talented sand artist Irina Titova and her audience will travel Around the World in 80 Pictures in the spirit of Jules Verne. The Russian artist belongs to the absolute premier class of sand art; the title Queen of Sand is a pretty accurate description! The speed and fascinating ease with which she composes an image and lets it fall away, only to create something new in its place, is breathtaking... 

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

This show is described as an ‘unrehearsed show-and-tell’ from ‘the best comedians from across the globe’. I, along with many of the other audience members, had imagined this to mean an alternative tour of the museum, given by known comedians who have no idea what they’re talking about, but are all the funnier for it... 

This Is Not Culturally Significant

This Is Not Culturally Significant

This is Not Culturally Significant is an incredibly rare thing indeed. It’s a show that has so incredibly fried my critic-brain that star ratings don’t seem fit for purpose anymore, This is Not Culturally Significant somehow manages to reject and transcend them... 

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow Road to the Deep South

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow Road to the Deep South

In October 2016, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London, retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways... 

Frost and Lorca

Frost and Lorca

A unique fusion of art, poetry, projections, music and theatre. Celebrated British abstract artist Sir Terry Frost spent a decade creating work inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca, producing the beautiful Lorca portfolio: 11 poems in both Spanish and English each accompanied by an original etching by Frost (father of seasoned Fringe performer Stephen Frost)... 

Singing Hands Summer Spectacular

Singing Hands Summer Spectacular

Join Suzanne and Tracy on a magical, musical journey around the world. Experience their unique approach to multisensory music making and signing. The show will feature their eclectic repertoire of nursery rhymes and action songs from their DVDs and CDs, as well as some exciting new songs for older participants... 

Ayesha Hazarika: State of the Nation

Ayesha Hazarika: State of the Nation

Politics, power and how we lost the plot. Ayesha Hazarika MBE lifts the lid on what life's really like behind the scenes at Westminster and, with her characteristically brutal honesty, asks what's next for British politics... 

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

One of Scotland's favourite stand-up comedians, Fred MacAulay branches out with a new live lunchtime chat show. Fred will be joined by guests from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics who he has encountered along the way in his 30 year career... 

Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

John Hinton is on a one man mission to make science cool. Quite an easy mission really, as science was very cool long before John got his musical hands on it. Nevertheless, it is a noble cause... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

If you feel sceptical about the idea of Macbeth as a comedy for children, let me put your mind at rest. Startlingly, Brave Macbeth is a gleefully funny production – particularly all of the bits you might assume to be too dark... 

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

The Dead Ringers star in her much anticipated debut Edinburgh show. Ravens brilliantly observes an array of contemporary characters, including Theresa May and Diane Abbott. Razor-sharp satire delivered with startling virtuosity... 

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

For a man who claims to be a ‘professional idiot’ Robin Ince sure seems to know a lot. Rorschach Test is a show that’s ‘probably about art and definitely about a goat’ Ince informs us in his trademark breakneck style... 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

The Science Guy is back. Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant's toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, growling jelly babies and even flying toilet paper! If you think science is boring – think again... 

Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say

Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say

If you love Donald Trump, you'll hate this show! Get ready for a hilarious, thought-provoking, heartbreaking yet inspiring experience – in glorious four-part harmony and over-the-top drag! America's favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet (and Edinburgh, Off-Broadway and Vegas favourites!) return with their provocative new musical that takes a searing journey into Trumpism, racism, AIDS, giraffes, Bette Midler, oblong vegetables and so much more! Limited run: 2nd-13th only! 'All-you-can-enjoy bundle of fabulousness; amazing voices' (Scotland on Sunday)... 

Neil Delamere: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner

Neil Delamere: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner

Not long ago, Neil's dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. He agreed and off they set. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again. Except for the bits of their lives that didn't change... 

La Vie Dans Une Marionette

La Vie Dans Une Marionette

A whimsical story of a pianist and his puppet, it'll have you falling off your seat in laughter! Packed full of gags, hilarious moments and surprises, the White Face Crew combine physical theatre, dance, clown and mischief in this award-winning show from New Zealand... 

Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian

Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian

A mix of comedy and dishonesty from his uniquely Indian perspective, Vir’s going to tell you some stories from his life: from growing up in India to studying in America, Indian culture to world politics, losing virginity to cancelling weddings, drug addiction, flying an Air India plane… The thing is, not all of his stories are true... 

Casting Call Woe

Casting Call Woe

Next on the list of unusual inspirations: Casting Call Woe is a Fringe show based on a blog. The blog uses casting calls (the notices films and TV shows put up to request an actor for a role) to show the incredible way women are treated in show business, while simultaneously amusing through the pure ridiculousness... 

Shakin' Shakespeare

Shakin' Shakespeare

Shakin’ Shakespeare does an incredible job at presenting the playwright’s work in an accessible and side-splittingly funny way. The extremely talented cast, who are performing not one but three different plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, performed Romeo and Juliet the morning I attended... 

Soul Nation: Choir On Fire

Soul Nation: Choir On Fire

As an Edinburgh based act performing in the Edinburgh Fringe there's always going to be a certain level of expectation from the local crowd. Usually there's a local following and occasionally even friends and family in the audience... 

The Beatbox Collective

The Beatbox Collective

Watching beatboxing is fun for most of us in the same way that watching acrobatics is – it’s the enjoyment that comes from thinking ‘I could never do this in a million years’... 

Steve Richards Presents Rock 'n' Roll Politics

Steve Richards Presents Rock 'n' Roll Politics

Loyalty. Betrayal. They are the themes of a brand new show from the journalist on stage, the dark and absurd conflicts between conviction, ambition and friendship. The award-winning columnist and broadcaster takes you behind the scenes of the latest epic dramas, bringing to life the characters from Nicola Sturgeon to Boris and Jeremy Corbyn and their nerve shredding dilemmas... 

Not Just a Funny Turn

Not Just a Funny Turn

Join us for a gala night of comedy featuring a myriad of the biggest names on the Fringe coming together to raise funds for the Stroke Association in Scotland. Help us raise awareness that a stroke is not just a funny turn – it's a medical emergency... 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Theatre Anon’s production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen is a heart-warming family show, complete with a bit of sing-song. Kids will love the fairytale characters brought to life by the small cast, and there’s plenty for adults to chuckle at too in this well-made production... 

Rory Bremner Meets...

Rory Bremner Meets...

Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner hosts seven shows of comedy and conversation with hand-picked, special guests. Rory and each guest will perform a short set with lively conversation in between... 

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Returning for a fourth year, Kids Do Forth on the Fringe presents some of the best names in children's entertainment. Hosted by Bec Hill, full line-up at forthone.com/kidsdo. 

Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur

Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur

Story Pocket Theatre bring Michael Morpurgo’s novel about King Arthur to life with a solid and enjoyable production. Though occasionally meandering in its storytelling, it is a good afternoon’s worth of family entertainment... 

Horse McDonald in Careful

Horse McDonald in Careful

Swapping her musical trappings for the theatre, Horse McDonald takes to the stage to present an undeniably intriguing and raw, if occasionally sensational, biopic of her own life.Though the audience seemed largely to be filled with long-time fans, people unfamiliar with Horse as a musician will still find much to enjoy in this show... 

Neil Delamere: Ctrl Alt Delamere

Neil Delamere: Ctrl Alt Delamere

One of Ireland’s top comedians is back in Edinburgh. After a couple of years away, Neil returns with show packed with more hilarious tall tales. Includes tips on how to survive a bobsled ride and how to pretend you’re enjoying a trip in an astronaut training centrifuge... 

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Join the best comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arteFACT and arteFICTION in an improvised set prompted by genuine objects found in the National Museum of Scotland archives! This unrehearsed show and tell might not be historically, or even culturally accurate, but it’s guaranteed to be 100% entertaining... 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Science like you have never seen before. Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant's toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, dancing paste, vanishing beakers and even exploding Pringles tubes! Thought science was boring – think again... 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

This child-friendly adaptation is a very funny, high energy, big, bold and bright show that features colourful costumes, crazy characters and a large interactive screen so that nobody misses any of the piratey action! From these highly experienced producers of children's theatre comes lots of laughter, plenty of adventure and a whole host of pirates brought to life by our intrepid duo in search of buried treasure! So jump aboard as we set sail for pirates, mermaids, monkeys and more blummin' pirates! Grab your booty and don't miss the boat. 

The Animotion Show: Peace - War

The Animotion Show: Peace - War

Returning in a new theatrical format that builds on 2015's outdoor extravaganza, The AniMotion Show premieres Peace and War. Russian artist Maria Rud paints live to original music written and performed by virtuoso flautist David Heath and DJ Dolphin Boy...